Arts and Culture

Trapped together by a blizzard, a playboy, a burglar and a damsel-in-distress celebrate Christmas.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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This week: we visit a bookmobile that's just for kids and talk to a singer from Madagascar with a Missouri connection.

The Missouri Quilt Guild and the Missouri Department of Corrections joined forces for the second year of the “Fill Your Stockings” Restorative Justice program.

An anti-Christmas story featuring a wicked toymaker, a wicked witch, endangered lovers and a monkey.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

This week’s show covers everything you wanted to know about roller derby but where afraid to ask.

A dashing-but-penniless nobleman turns the head of a grieving widow, despite her servant’s best efforts.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Video of a police officer dousing Occupy protesters with pepper spray was one of the top three news-related memes of 2011, according to the analysts who follow this sort of thing at Know Your Meme.

KBIA / Davis Dunavin

Last week marked the 176th birthday of the man who many feel defined American literature. Since his 1910 death, the city of Hannibal in northeastern Missouri has become a mecca for those who appreciate Mark Twain's work - one of the few places in the world that center on literary tourism. But it's still a city - and a small town in Missouri, at that. As part of Word Missouri, a series examining Missouri's literary heritage, KBIA's Davis Dunavin went to Hannibal to explore how aficionados, experts, tourists and residents live in the shadow of Twain.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

It's well-known that Twain wrote extensively about the real people and places he found growing up in Hannibal, and many of Tom Sawyer's experiences were his experiences. As a companion piece to the Word Missouri feature Hannibal: living in the shadow of Twain, I traveled to three places that make appearances in his books to see how they've changed in the nearly two centuries since Twain's boyhood here. Click for photos and sound from each place. (Mark Twain re-enactor Jim Waddell provides Twain's voice.)

Garage art

Dec 2, 2011
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We head west this week where public art can be found in places you’d least expect it.

The District hosts its annual Living Windows festival Friday night in Columbia.

A Victim Treats His Mugger Right

Dec 2, 2011

Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.

But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.

He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.

"He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, 'Here you go,'" Diaz says.

An iron works and a hot house can still send chills up your spine.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

true false film festival
True/False

The True/False Film Fest is receiving a 20-thousand dollar grant for this year’s 2012 festival.

Photo courtsey of Mizzou New Music Initiative

This week we talk about music. New music to be exact. And if you think new music means recently released albums, keep listening as we revisit a conversation I had with Patrick David Clark, who was a resident composer at the Mizzou New Music Festival this summer. And hang on till the end of the show for a Sonic ID from one of Columbia’s more memorable citizens.

Love blossoms in an accidental meeting amidst the cherry orchard.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Yiqian Zhang / KBIA

At 10 a.m., Lee’s is filled with the sound of music, plates cluttering and food being unwrapped. About 10 volunteers are busy preparing a Thanksgiving meal of turkey and desserts. Major. K. Kendall Mathews is the mid-Missouri regional coordinator for the Salvation Army. He said this is the 24th year they’re hosting a Thanksgiving meal for low-income families.

Photo: Kathryn Landis and Amrita Jayakumar/KBIA

Six months after the devastating tornado hit Joplin, the community is slowly rebuilding itself.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

MKT trail
Missouri Department of Tourism / flickr

In Columbia, volunteers are working with the city’s parks and recreation department and other organizations as a part of an Urban Ecology Restoration project that aims to revitalize an area that was once home to a sewer treatment facility. Volunteers planted over 80 trees and 300 shrubs along the MKT trail on Saturday. Elizabeth Trovall went to the planting site off of Forum Boulevard to see how the project will create a lush landscape but also decrease storm water runoff in Columbia.  

Photo courtesy of Charlie Maitz

The month of November can seem a little dreary: shorter days, colder weather and it’s still a month away from the major holidays. But it has a lot more going on than you’d think. This week’s show focuses on two things that make this month a little more interesting.

Davis Dunavin / KBIA

November is National Novel-Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo for short.) It’s a cultural phenomenon, spread virally through blogs and forums, in which amateur writers, experts and everyone in between are challenged to write a complete novel over the course of a month. A lot of people take on this task solo, but a group in Columbia bands together every year to write novels alongside each other. Here’s their story.

Only Twain could hide an elephant in plain sight while detectives seek it out.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Missouri native Bridget Bufford's second novel Cemetery Bird has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Bufford speaks frankly about her upbringing in Missouri, writing drug-addicted characters and why it's so hard to run away from the Midwest.

Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

This week: a look at a community group in Columbia and a Sonic ID from the Benton Stephens neighborhood.

At a joint meeting last night the groups approved a positioning line and logo to help facilitate their six-phase process. 

Today many cities across Mid-Missouri are observing Veterans Day. Columbia is celebrating the service of men and women in the armed forces.

MU rededicated a restored memorial during a campus Veteran’s Day ceremony today. The stone memorial honors the 117 MU students who were killed during World War I.

What’s in a name?  And how much it’s worth to two British families.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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